Earlier this summer, Arlington County celebrated completion of its latest transportation capital improvement—a new bridge for North Carlin Springs Road over North George Mason Drive—ahead of time and under budget.
After decades of wear and tear, the original bridge had developed significant structural issues that needed to be addressed. In recent years, it showed the greatest deterioration of any County-owned bridge.
Building a new bridge addressed these safety issues, but also provided an opportunity to improve the function of the structure. Expanding the bridge width only four feet—from 65 to 69 feet—added enough room to widen sidewalks and add bike lanes while maintaining four travel lanes for vehicles.
Construction started in November 2017 and wrapped up this summer, several months ahead of schedule. The final pieces of the project—lighting and landscaping, including 18 trees—will be installed later this year.